Tea Break Theatre began life in 2012 when Artistic Director Katharine Armitage opened our first show at Pleasance Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: anarchic dark comedy Punch & Judy. This show was the beginning of a company obsessed with adaptation and the possibilities it provides to build audiences, explore stories and challenge preconceptions. The show then transfered to Arcola Theatre for the company's London debut.
Punch & Judy was shortly followed by To be read at dusk and The Mortals in the House. These shows were both adapted from a series of ghost stories by Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell respectively and The Mortals in the House became our first site-specific show. After three rather dark tales, we fancied a change: enter Five Children and It, a promenade children's show at Abney Park in Stoke Newington. Five Children and It also saw the introduction of our now irreplaceable producer, who sold out the entire show a week before it opened, thus securing his place in the company. Five Children and It returned to Abney Park the following year and went on to Wilderness Festival.
Since then we have continued to grow our team of associated artists, meet other companies and develop increasingly ambitious and adventurous shows.